Overs 28: New Zealand 86/5
Wahab Riaz, from the other end, continued to squeeze the runs — conceded just two singles in it.
Overs 26.2: OUT! Shadab Khan gets rid of Kane Williamson (41). New Zealand 83/5
Massive Wicket. Shadab came up with the biggest breakthrough so far, dismissed Kiwi skipper Williamson. New Zealand five down in the 27th over, and looked in terrible shape in the middle. Williamson was the only hope for them to anchor the innings till the end. Kiwi skipper departed after scoring 41 off 69 balls with the help of four fours.
Overs 25: New Zealand 79/4 at the half-way stage
Kane Willaimson (40*) and James Neesham (16*) are rebuilding the New Zealand innings after Shaheen Afridi onslaught. But it’s going ratherly slowly —
33 runs in 12.3 overs. What will be the winning total today – 225+ or 250+?
Overs 23: New Zealand 76/4
Another tidy over from Shadab Khan, gave away just two singles in it.
Overs 21.4: FOUR! Lucky Kane Williamson (37*) scores Kiwis’ first boundary in 86 balls with an inside edge off Wahab Riaz.
New Zealand 74/4
Overs 20: New Zealand 64/4
Runs coming in singles mostly for the Kiwis. Mohammad Hafeez gave away four singles in it.
Overs 18: New Zealand 58/4
It’s tough out there in the middle for the Kiwis. No boundaries in the last 10 overs.
Overs 17: New Zealand 54/4
Seventh over from Shaheen Afridi, and another tidy one — conceded just two singles in it.
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50 comes up for New Zealand in 15.2 overs — 51/4 . Kane Williamson 25* & James Neesham 3*
Overs 15: New Zealand 48/4
Another maiden over from Shaheen Afridi, his third of the spell. His figures so far:
Shaheen Afridi last five ODIs:
1/80 in 10 overs
0/83 in 10 overs
4/82 in 10 overs
2/70 in 10 overs
1/54 in 8 overs
Overs 14: New Zealand 48/4
Mohammad Hafeez kept it tight, conceded just two singles in it.
Overs 13: New Zealand 46/4
A wicket and one run from Shaheen Afridi’s over.
Time for first drinks break
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Overs 12.3: OUT! Third wicket for Shaheen Afridi, scalps Tom Latham (1). New Zealand 46/4
Afridi on fire, this time forced an edge off Latham. Sarfaraz Ahmed took a regulation catch behind the stumps. Pakistan on top.
Overs 11: New Zealand 44/3
Shaheen Afridi continued his impressive start, second maiden over from the pacer.
Overs 10: New Zealand 44/3
Imad Wasim conceded six runs in his first over.
Overs 9: OUT! Shaheen Afridi strikes again, dismisses Ross Taylor (3). New Zealand 38/3
WHAT A CATCH! Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed came up with a brilliant catch diving to his right as Afridi gave Pakistan another breakthrough in quick time. The tall pacer forced an edge off Taylor, and the ball was flying towards first slip but it was Sarfaraz who dived full length to take a stunning catch.
Overs 8: New Zealand 34/2
10 RUNS! Kane Williamson (16*) hit back-to-back fours off Mohammad Amir in the over.
Overs 7: New Zealand 24/2
A wicket-maiden from tall pacer Shaheen Afridi. Terrific start for Pakistan.
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Overs 6.2: OUT! Shaheen Afridi strikes to dismiss Colin Munro (12). New Zealand 24/2
New Zealand lost their openers in a jiffy, two down inside seven overs. Afridi with the wicket this time, forced an edge off Munro and Haris Sohail made no mistake at slip. Muro gone after 12 off 17 balls with the help of two fours.
Overs 6: New Zealand 24/1
Good, tidy over from Mohammad Amir — just two runs off it including a wide.
Overs 4.4: FOUR! After playing out three dots in the over, Kane Williamson (6*) opens his boundary count with a four off Shaheen Afridi.
New Zealand 22/1
* After almost seven minutes of stoppage, we are back. Shaheen Afridi starts his spell
* Sightscreen issues have stopped the proceedings in the middle.
Overs 4: New Zealand 18/1
10 RUNS! Coin Munro (11*) took the attack on Mohammad Amir and scored 10 runs in the first three balls which included two fours in successive deliveries. Amir though bounced back to end the over with three dots.
Overs 3.3: FOURS! Colin Munro (11*) smashes back-to-back fours off Mohammad Amir.
New Zealand 18/1
Overs 2: New Zealand 6/1
Mohammad Amir’s first over – a wicket and one single.
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Overs 1.1: OUT! Mohammad Amir strikes first ball, cleans up Martin Guptill (5). New Zealand 5/1 in 1.1 overs
Massive Wicket. What a start from Mohammad Amir. Guptill dragged the ball to his stumps, while trying to play the outside the off-stump delivery.
Colin Munro and Martin Guptill to open for New Zealan. Mohammad Hafeez opens bowling for Pakitan with his spin.
The two teams have walked out in the middle to line up for the National Anthems.
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c/wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
TOSS NEWS: Unchanged New Zealand decide to bat first.
3:05 pm Umpires Paul Reiffel and Bruce Oxenford have decided that there will be
TOSS AT 3:30 pm, with
MATCH TO BEGIN AT 4 pm. No overs lost.
3 pm Pakistan fans making a lot of noise already
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2:37 pm A quick update, courtesy Black Caps.
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Toss delayed due to wet outfield. Ground inspection at 3 pm.
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2:22 pm Toss coming up, hopefully, in just over five minutes from now. The covers are still close by, though. Fingers crossed.
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With five wins from six matches, the unbeaten New Zealand are at No. 2 on the points table, with one match ending in a washout. And if they can win today, it will take them through to the semi-finals. Meawhile, Pakistan are on the brink of elimination with just two wins from six matches.
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